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Is My Leadership Unwittingly Creating a Toxic Work Environment?
Is My Leadership Unwittingly Creating a Toxic Work Environment?

What is a toxic environment? No, we are not referring to the air quality but rather the culture of the workplace. Words like dysfunction, discord, frustration, unproductive and unhealthy often go hand-in-hand in describing a toxic workplace. No...

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Leading in Crisis
Leading in Crisis

Exactly one month after the catastrophic impact of Tropical Storm Erika on our beloved Nature Island of Dominica, when I thought nothing else could be worse, I was hit by a whirlwind - the tail of which knocked me off my feet. No book or case...

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Change the Job or Change the Job
Change the Job or Change the Job

In 2015, I was diagnosed with heart failure at the age of 41. At the time, I held a very senior and very stressful position in the Government of Jamaica. The heart failure came at the end of a series of health issues, including hypertension and...

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Addressing Unconscious Biases in the Workplace
Addressing Unconscious Biases in the Workplace

If we are all honest, we would have to confess that we each have our biases and preferences. It is part of being human. Sometimes people are conscious of their biases, but oftentimes, biases operate at the unconscious level. These unconscious...

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Preventing Workplace Violence
Preventing Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is increasingly and unfortunately becoming a challenge in many workplaces globally, as well as in the Caribbean region. This is a by-product of increasing levels of mental health challenges and crime, among other challenges in...

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To be a Better Leader in 2017 (and beyond) – Focus on Teamwork
To be a Better Leader in 2017 (and beyond) – Focus on Teamwork

As 2017 commences, and resolutions are made, why not consider setting your sights on becoming a better leader? One of the most effective ways to become a better leader is to focus on the team that you are leading. If your team isn’t working...

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It Starts with Recruitment and Selection!
It Starts with Recruitment and Selection!

In my early days of HR training, the mantra that was taught was that job design was the building block for HR Management, as it informed the recruitment and selection process, performance and compensation management, among other HR functions....

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Want to Improve Coaching Skills among Team Leaders? Treat it as a Change Management Initiative
Want to Improve Coaching Skills among Team Leaders? Treat it as a Change Management Initiative

On November 22, 2016, the Caribbean Leadership Project will host a webinar on the topic of Developing Business Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors. In preparing to facilitate this session, a number of potential challenges began to...

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Wonder Woman?  Really? What do you think?
Wonder Woman? Really? What do you think?

In October, the United Nations named Wonder Woman, a 75-year-old comic book and movie character, its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls.

Many UN staff and others around the world were horrified. Almost immediately a...

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Check Yourself
Check Yourself

Perhaps the greatest leadership challenge that any leader will face is leading one’s self. This is because we often are so much better at describing and assessing the behaviours of others, but are unable to assess ourselves realistically. To...

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The Real Deal about Employee Engagement
The Real Deal about Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is widely recognised as being critical for organisations to achieve extraordinary results in product or service delivery and innovation. Employee engagement can be defined as the extent to which employees are committed to...

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The Art and the Craft of Public Service Leadership
The Art and the Craft of Public Service Leadership

One of the points that was reiterated repeatedly at the CLP’s 4th Leadership Symposium on ‘Governance at the Core’ was that current and future demands on our public services require leaders to have higher order leadership competencies.

Very...

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A New Generation of Equality? Have We Arrived?
A New Generation of Equality? Have We Arrived?

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) caught my eye. Entitled Are U.S. Millennial Men Just as Sexist as Their Dads?[1] The article asked if we have or have not entered an “a new era of enlightened interpersonal relations”.

In...

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Celebrating Public Service Day!
Celebrating Public Service Day!

Tomorrow, June 232016 will be celebrated internationally as the United Nations Public Service Day.  This declaration was made by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution 57/277.  Public Service Day is intended to be a celebration of...

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“No Minister” – Dealing with Requests that “Cannot” be Met
“No Minister” – Dealing with Requests that “Cannot” be Met

The CLP held its 4th Symposium under the theme “Governance at the Core” in May 2016. The preliminary findings of our research were explored, which examined the systems, relationships and culture within the core of government in CARICOM countries...

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How Leaders Set a Work-Life Vision
How Leaders Set a Work-Life Vision

As a leader, how can you influence the culture of your organization to be more supportive of work-life balance and a healthy lifestyle?

A director in the Barbados public service brings fruit - instead of sweets - to the workplace for a staff...

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Childhood Bullying Affects Us As Adults!
Childhood Bullying Affects Us As Adults!

As you work within your office, business, or institution, has the thought ever occurred to you that some of the psychiatric disorders you see in your employees or other adults might be due to the effects of bullying such persons received during...

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Employee Engagement – Peeling Back The Layers
Employee Engagement – Peeling Back The Layers

Several months ago, a reader posed this question to me Where do I start with rekindling the flame of passion in the employees?”  At the time she was commenting on another one of my blogs - Clocked In but Checked Out.  In response, I promised...

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Help - I’m Being Held Hostage in Non-Productive Meetings!
Help - I’m Being Held Hostage in Non-Productive Meetings!

If you’ve never felt like you were being held hostage in a series of never-ending, non-productive meetings, then this week’s blog is not for you. However, if you’re like the thousands and thousands (if not, millions and millions) of us who are...

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The Negative Power of Emotions
The Negative Power of Emotions

Most people’s lives are driven by their feelings. You feel hungry… you eat. You feel that you want a little more… you eat a little more. You feel that some ice cream or cookies (especially the chocolate ones) would be the best dessert… so you...

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